With spring upon us, perhaps you’ve decided that now is the time to add a screen room to your home…or maybe a sunroom. Your neighbors call it a three-season room but the guy down the street says it is a brand new addition. What do we call these structures and how can you make sure you’re getting what you envision?
In the years that I have owned the Archadeck of Chicagoland, I’ve heard screen porch and sunrooms referred to in a number of different ways. At the end of the day though, the term you use isn’t nearly as important as finding a design that meets your needs. To find that, you’ll need to know the basic differences between a screen room, a sunroom, and an addition.
A room addition has a higher ratio of solid walls to windows than a sunroom does. With the added insulation and full HVAC, these rooms are functional year round. This is basically a new space that is designed to expand your home.
Sunrooms are rooms that are built to maximize the amount of light and ventilation while offering complete protection from rain and wind. The glass intensifies the sun’s rays to heat the room; this is great in the chilly spring and fall seasons. In the summer you can open the windows to allow the flow of a warm breeze. Sunrooms are usually insulated and sometimes heated.
A screen room is an enclosure similar to a sunroom, but we replace the glass windows with fiberglass screens. This provides an open and airy environment that allows you to appreciate everything nature has to offer without being bothered by pesky insects or light rain. Many screen porches we build are really three season rooms as we utilize non-glass windows that offer multi-season protection. These options offer significant savings when compared to traditional sunrooms while still providing optimal protection from the outdoor elements
As you contemplate the different options, be sure to consider the ways you plan to use the room. Figuring out how your new room will be used most often will help you determine which is best for you.
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